The IRCC just announced it approved the Pearson Test of English (PTE) for Canadian immigration applications. In late 2023, the PTE will join the CEPIP and IELTS as one of the designated language tests candidates can take to demonstrate their English language proficiency.
PTE Essential is a new English language test created by Pearson to meet IRCC’s language proficiency requirements for Canadian immigration candidates. The IRCC has different language criteria for study permit applicants, meaning international students must take the academic version of a language proficiency test.
In addition to completing an IRCC-designated language test, applicants must achieve the minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score set for a specific pathway. For example, under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), candidates must receive a CLB of at least 7 in all four abilities – writing, reading, listening, and speaking.
For specific pathways, such as those managed via Express Entry, candidates receive more points the higher their CLB score is.